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  ISSUE 2/2008 17 January, 2008  

Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

This bulletin serves mainly as a final reminder for our luncheon meeting next Tuesday with Dr. Vesa Vihriälä, State Under-Secretary in the Prime Minister's Office and the Head of the Secretariat of the Economic Council.
Read more below!

Tuesday 22 January - FCCJ Luncheon Meeting
Dr. Vesa Vihriälä, State Under-Secretary of the Prime Minister's Office

At our first luncheon meeting in the new year, held on Tuesday 22 January, we will have Dr. Vesa Vihriälä, State Under-Secretary of the Prime Minister's Office of Finland and the Head of the Secretariat of the Economic Council, as our guest speaker. The theme of his presentation is: "Finland's growth policy in the age of globalisation".

Date & Time:Tuesday 22 January, 12.00-14.00
Venue: Hotel Okura, South Wing 12F, Kensington Terrace
Cost:7,000 yen for members, non-members 8,000 yen
(collected at the door)
Registration:by Friday 18 January
Globalisation benefits Finland - but it requires greater adaptability
So far, Finland has mainly benefited from globalisation. With enlarged markets, Finland has been able to turn the international division of labour to its advantage. Globalisation will continue to open new opportunities but at the same time it will bring greater challenges in terms of the economy's and society's capacity to adjust. It follows that Finland must continue with measures to improve adaptability.
Profile of Dr. Vihriälä
Dr. Vesa Vihriälä (52) is State Under-Secretary of the Prime Minister's Office of Finland and the Head of the Secretariat of the Economic Council.

His previous positions include Managing Director of the Pellervo Economic Research Institute, Head of Office of the Bank of Finland, and Economist at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Vesa Vihriälä holds a Doctor of Social Sciences (Economics) and a Master of Social Sciences (Economics) from the University of Helsinki.

If you like to attend and have not yet registered, please click link below, no later than tomorrow Friday.
(if you are unsure whether you have registered, click here)
Wednesday, 20 February - FCCJ Special Event
FCCJ Tax Seminar for Foreign-Affiliated Companies

To give you an insight in the Japanese taxation, and some valuable tips, FCCJ organizes a tax seminar on Wednesday, 20, February were Mr. Yoshinori Sano, Certified Public Accountant (Azabu Tax Corporation), FCCJ board member and well known among the Finnish business community, is our expert on these issues.

Note that Mr. Sano will cover both individual and corporation tax issues.

Date & Time:Wednesday, 20 February, 18.00-20.00
Venue: Stora Enso Japan K. K., Meeting Room, 5 Fl.
Sumitomo Fudosan Kojimachi Bldg. No. 3
3-6, Kojimachi, Chiyoda-ku, TOKYO
Cost:3,000 yen incl. light meal and refreshments
(collected at the door)
Registration:by Monday 18 February
Note: due to space limitations, this is a member only event.

The participation is limited to 20 persons on first come, first served basis. So in case you would like to attend, please register as soon as possible by clicking link at right.
News from Finland

Finnish Nov GDP up 1.5 pct yr/yr

Finland's gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 1.5 per cent year-on-year and 0.1 per cent month-on-month in November, Statistics Finland (SF) said in a statement Wednesday.

Of the six main sectors, manufacturing and transport declined, with industrial output falling by 1.4 per cent year-on-year.

Grins of the week

Boss in trouble?

The pretty secretary came in late for work the third day in a row.

The boss called her into his office and said, "Now look Sharon, I know we had a wild fling for a while, but that's over. I expect you to conduct yourself like any other employee around here.

The boss pressed on, "Who told you you could come and go as you please around here?"

Sharon simply smiled, lit up a cigarette, and while exhaling said, ...."My lawyer."

Best regards

Clas G. Bystedt
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This bulletin is published by the Finnish Chamber of Commerce in Japan (FCCJ) and distributed to over 600 recipients among its members and related organizations.
FCCJ was established in April 1999 to promote trade and economic exchange between Japan and Finland and has today 64 corporate members, 16 individual and one special member.